Originally posted by lamontb:
Not bad but you kinda forgot that through all of Hill's limitations the team was 3-1 with him starting. You seem to forget Smith's turnover problems. And for real the o line problem should have been discussed more than anything. good writing though i like the part about popping antacid tablets.
I agree...the team was winning while Hill was the QB. But I feel that they were winnig in spite of Hill. The defense finished his wins...no denying that. Say what you like...but by the time we played Atlanta, Hill's limitations were well known by anyone who has watched film of him.
Hill held onto the ball almost .5 seconds longer than Smith on the average. Smith's turnover issues are situational...all but two of his picks came off of tipped balls, and if you think either of his fumbles in the Titans game were his fault, you should go back and look at them in detail.
The O-line problem is situational, too. With a QB that stretches the field, teams run blitz less, and as a result, Gore's effectiveness over the past three games has been measurably better. Continuity on this unit would help a great deal. The line has actually done pretty well considering the injuries we've dealt with this season. The early struggles with run blocking had more to do with defenses stacking the line than with the line's ability. This isn't intended as a defense of the line...but rather to illustrate that the line will be more effective with a passer that can stretch the field.
I'm not saying Smith is a world beater...just that his skill set gives the team a better opportunity to employ all of its weapons.